The Internet's Unholy Marriage to Capitalism

Foster, John Bellamy; McChesney, Robert W.
Publisher:  Monthly Review
Year Published:  2011
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12510

The economic context points to the paradox of the Internet as it has developed in a capitalist society. The Internet has been subjected, to a significant extent, to the capital accumulation process, which has a clear logic of its own, inimical to much of the democratic potential of digital communication, and that will be ever more so, going forward. What seemed to be an increasingly open public sphere, removed from the world of commodity exchange, seems to be morphing into a private sphere of increasingly closed, proprietary, even monopolistic markets.

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